Schmidt Seeking Consensus On 'Hard 50' Fix

By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he's working with local prosecutors to draft a consensus proposal for repairing a state law that allows convicted murderers to be sentenced to at least 50 years in prison.

Schmidt watched Tuesday as Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation calling the Legislature into special session Sept. 3 to rewrite the ``Hard 50'' law.

The attorney general asked for the special session because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June raising questions about the law's constitutionality. Schmidt's request had bipartisan support from prosecutors.

Schmidt said the measure he'll propose will ensure that the ``Hard 50'' still can be imposed going forward. But he said it will also seek to apply any changes to pending first-degree murder cases.

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